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  • I followed a wall that surrounds the castle grounds.
  • The wall turned out to be 7.5 miles long and run alongside the A55, country roads, fields, a bird reservation, a train track and the coastline.
  • The wall was built by George Hay Dawkins-Pennant in 1819 before work started on his fantasy Neo-Norman castle the year later.
  • The wall came before the house.
  • This wall gets forgotten about in the narrative of Penrhyn Castle. It is not owned by the National Trust and is therefore not part of the visitor experience.
  • Following the exterior of the wall it dawned on me that this may be the only part of the Penrhyn site which isn’t Neo-Norman: which isn’t fantasy.
  • This wall is a functional, functioning structure, made to protect those inside and keep those outside out.
  • There is a job and this wall does the job.
  • I walked round the wall as an outsider.
  • You must time this walk with the tides or else.

    Alternative Castle Tour and Photographs
    Produced whilst ARTIST IN RESIDENCE at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor May 2015 - April 16
    Supported by the National Trust, the Arts Council Wales, and the Welsh Government

    STONE COLD CASANOVA, Film and installation exhibited at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor
    APRIL - OCTOBER 2016